Circuits of the Wind: A Legend of the Net Age (Complete and Unabridged)
- Sales Rank:575,765
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:August 31, 2012
THE LYRIC STORY OF THE NET GENERATION—GROWING UP AND COMING OF AGE ON THE INTERNET
The Internet is everywhere now, but Ray Valentine saw it first explode.
CIRCUITS OF THE WIND is the story of Ray's quest to find himself as he grows up wandering the computer underground—the wild, global outback that existed before the net went mainstream. How else does an end-of-century slacker reach out to the world from Sohola, that northern state that's a little more Midwest than it is New England? The net holds the key to what he's after—but even as he pioneers this virtual world, the veneer of his real life begins to crack.
VOLUME ONE of the CIRCUITS OF THE WIND trilogy follows a young Raymond from his his '70s childhood—and first gropings with the telephone—to the home computers and bulletin boards of the '80s, where he leads a double life as a wanderer of the wires. But when even his virtual best friend unplugs, Raymond might have to leave it, too—because isn't real life supposed to be offline?
In VOLUME TWO of the CIRCUITS OF THE WIND trilogy, the net arrives all glimmering when Ray is starting college: it's brighter, quicker, better than he ever knew. It's the early 1990s—a time of golden youth and of joyriding on the growing Internet, where he rises as a leader of the global generation, the ones who saw it as the gilded portal to a fabulous new age everyone was about to enter. But he's coasting aimlessly—and when his college friends move on and fashions change he sees how real life actually might not be working out.
n VOLUME THREE of the CIRCUITS OF THE WIND trilogy, Ray gets a data entry job with an outbound line just so he can live constantly, and secretly, on the net—and after he succeeds in business without really trying, he finds even more excitement and success as an online correspondent in the booming Web of the dot-com Nineties. He's living on the net, feeding off the very pulse of it, but it's still not what he's after—his entire life of wandering online seems to be a total waste. Or is it?
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